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Where should I start with my home improvement project?
Picking new flooring can be daunting task, but if you are embarking on a home improvement project, it makes sense to start from the floor up. This is because the floor is often the most expensive item in the room, and you will expect to be able to live with your choice of flooring for a number of years. If you decide that this time, you want an alternative to carpet, you will find that there are many materials to choose from and each type has a gamut of options to go along with it. Also, depending on the room and the flow of traffic, there are a variety of considerations to think about.
What are the benefits of timber flooring?
To start, let us take a look at a traditional favourite: timber. Thanks to the durability and warm, natural feel, timber (or hardwood) continues to be the flooring of choice for many homeowners. A beautiful timber floor provides a classic and timeless finish as well as solid foundation for your living space. The variations in colour and grain of timber boards provide a unique finish that reflects individuality and originality and the warm, lustrous nature will brighten up any space. Of the hardwoods, oak remains the most popular choice, but other woods like cherry and Australian species such as Jarrah, Blackbutt or Tasmanian Oak are also definitely worth considering. Timber floors come in a variety of styles such as plank, parquet and pre-finished boards that you can install yourself. Engineered wood consists of a real hardwood veneer attached to a number of plywood layers. This is a little more expensive than laminate because the top layer is real wood rather than a photographic imprint.
When should I choose laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring is one of the most popular flooring choices around. It's easier to install than solid-wood timber or hardwood floors and is much less expensive. Laminate floors get their name because they're composed of different wood-based materials that are layered, or laminated, together and then topped with a wood grain photographic imprint on the face of each board.
The new kid on the block – hybrid flooring
Hybrid is the latest flooring innovation brought to you by Carpet Court. Combining the best attributes of both laminate and vinyl, Hybrid can be installed throughout the entire home. Blending the best of laminate with the best of vinyl, Hybrid flooring is the latest innovation in floating flooring. Because the floor is 100% waterproof, it is suitable for your entire home, including bathrooms and laundry areas. Hybrid floors are quick and easy to install making them DIY friendly, or a quick job for professionals.
How can you find the perfect flooring for your home?
As well as the type of floor, you also need to give some consideration to other questions. Here are some of the most important:
1. Sheet, plank, or tile?
The type of installation is important if you are going to install the flooring yourself. But it is also a question of aesthetics. Determine where -- or if -- you want to see seams or grout lines.
2. How do you clean it?
There is no such thing as a maintenance-free floor. Carpet requires vacuuming and periodic deep cleaning. Wood floors need dusting, waxing, and occasional refinishing. Even hard-wearing ceramic tiles must be grout-sealed and mopped.
3. How does it feel?
Make sure you know how your flooring choice feels underfoot. Moisture-hardy tiles in the bathroom, for example, might be too cold for some bare feet. In other areas, you might like to add a soft rug to protect your feet, for instance in front of a sofa or next to the bed.
4. How does it sound?
Hard floors such as timber, bamboo, vinyl, engineered wood or tiles can be extremely practical but they will be less sound-absorbing than carpets, so if your house is full of active people, there will be more noise if you choose hard flooring.
Whatever your flooring choice, it is wise to study, inspect and touch all the different flooring options before you make a decision. At Carpet Court, our friendly and reliable people have the knowledge and experience to answer all your questions, and they can show you all the options discussed above too. Use our handy store finder to find a Carpet Court store near you and check out the great range of flooring options suitable for every home.